1 AVENTURA CITY OF excellence . SCHOOL. PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK . 2018-2019. AVENTURA CITY OF excellence SCHOOL. 3333 NE 188 th Street Aventura, Florida 33180. Telephone: 305-466-1499. Fax: 305-466-1339. Website: Board of Directors Mayor Enid Weisman Commissioner Dr. Linda Marks Commissioner Denise Landman Commissioner Howard Weinberg Commissioner Robert Shelley Commissioner Gladys Mezrahi Commissioner Marc Narotsky City Manager Joanne Carr (Interim). Principal Julie Renee Alm 1. Dear ACES Families, Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to those students attending Aventura City of excellence School (ACES) for the first time . It is with great excitement and commitment that ACES embarks upon its sixteenth year of operation.
2 Our innovative programs include rigorous academics, motivational electives, character education, intramural sports, traveling teams and student selected clubs. ACES curriculum is focused on the Common Core Standards. This HANDBOOK has been compiled in order for you to become more easily acquainted with the policies and procedures that are necessary to provide your children with a positive, safe and supportive learning environment while attending ACES. It is through the collaborative efforts of school staff, parents , School Advisory Committee, and community that ACES continues to thrive. Our schools vision To join with our community to become the premier charter school in the nation where academic excellence coexists with the promotion of social responsibility grounded in an atmosphere of human dignity continues to be our driving force.
3 This combination of academic excellence and moral development continues to yield maximum student achievement. For the fourteenth year ACES has earned an A rating. We are proud of ACES' dedicated and caring staff. The staff is continuously involved in professional development activities that enable them to consistently implement best practices. ACES has also been the recipient of 12 State and National awards in recognition of our character program. This program provides both embedded and explicit character education components that encourage students to care for their school, community and the world. We are truly committed to providing the best education possible for each learner. Together we will make this the best year ever at ACES.
4 Sincerely, 2. Table of Contents: Page Number(s). School Calendar 4. Report Cards and Interim Reports 4. Welcome/School Philosophy 5. School Hours 6. Attendance 6-8. Bullying/Harassment 8. Dismissal (Bus & Car Rider) 9-10. Student of the Month Awards 10. Personal Electronic Devices 11. Curriculum 11. Student Identification Cards 11. Dress Code & Uniform Policy 12-13. Drinks 13. Emergency Preparedness 13. Field Trips & Field Trip Behavior 13-14. Fire Drills 14. Grading & Honor Code 15. Parent Portal & Home/School Communication 15. Honor Roll Requirements 16. Home Learning Policy 16. Instructional Books, Equipment, Materials 17. Promotion/Retention 17. Head Lice 17. Health Services 17. Illness, Accident and Medical Emergency 17-18.
5 Medication 18. Lunch Program 18. Parent Volunteer Hours 18. parents and Visitors Entering the School 18-19. Media Center 19-20. Parties 20. School Aftercare Information 20-22. School Advisory Committee 22. Recess 22. Student Records/Parent Rights 22. Lunch 22. School Rules 23-24. Screenings 24. Special Programs 24-26. One to One Chromebooks 27. 3. AVENTURA CITY OF excellence SCHOOL. School Calendar 2018-2019. Dates when students are not in school: September 3 Labor Day September 10 Teacher Planning September 19 Teacher Planning October 26 Teacher Planning November 6 Teacher Planning November 12 Veterans Day (observation). November 21 Teacher Planning November 22 & 23 Thanksgiving December 24 January 4 Winter Recess January 18 Teacher Planning January 21 Martin Luther King Day February 18 Presidents' Day March 25 March 29 Spring Break April 19 Teacher Planning May 27 Memorial Day Early Dismissal (12:00 PM Grades K-5) (12:30 PM Grades 6-8).
6 August 20 March 22. September 25 April 3. October 24 May 14 & 15 ( Tentatively depending on November 14 district testing calendar). December 21 June 4, 5, & 6. January 23. February 20. REPORT CARDS AND INTERIM REPORTS. Interim Student Reports September 19 1 st Quarter Interim November 28 2 nd Quarter Interim February 20 3 rd Quarter Interim May 8 4 th Quarter Interim Report Cards Issued and parent conferences scheduled on or around: November 7 1 st Quarter Report Card January 30 2 nd Quarter Report Card April 10 3 rd Quarter Report Card *Please note that the 4 th quarter report cards will be mailed home during the month of July. *If you would like to sign up for paperless Interims/Report Cards, visit MDCPS Parent Portal 4.
7 THE AVENTURA CITY OF excellence SCHOOL. WELCOMES OUR students . The staff of the Aventura City of excellence School welcomes you to our school family where integrity and excellence are the standards of the school in which the entire community takes pride. Along with increasing your knowledge and developing your skills, your major responsibility at ACES will be to respect your fellow students , teachers and staff members. They, in return, will respect you. No individual has the right or privilege to infringe or deny the rights of another individual. Remember that your success in school will be directly proportional to your efforts. School will be whatever you make it. Let us always have the spirit to do the things which will make school rewarding.
8 AVENTURA CITY OF excellence SCHOOL. VISION STATEMENT. To join with our community to become the premier charter school in the nation where academic excellence coexists with the promotion of social responsibility grounded in an atmosphere of human dignity. AVENTURA CITY OF excellence SCHOOL. PHILOSOPHY AND ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS. The Aventura City of excellence School staff believes that we have a responsibility to create school climate that enables every individual to feel cared for, respected and to act as contributing members of the school culture. All students can learn and will be encouraged to strive for academic excellence and personal growth that will enable them to be productive and active members of society. In the practical application of this philosophy, opportunities shall be provided to: 1.
9 Develop in each student and professional staff member a sense of self-worth and a positive self-concept 2. Imbue such character traits as honesty, integrity, compassion, respect, cooperation, humility, happiness and responsibility toward each other, our community and our world 3. Develop in each student an understanding of and responsibility for making positive personal and social choices 4. Improve upon the quality of instruction and curriculum by increasing the effectiveness of teachers and their teaching through ongoing professional development 5. Provide each student with experiences to develop an awareness of good health habits and attitudes for living by encouraging each student to perceive learning as a life-long continuing process from pre-school through adulthood 6.
10 Encourage, through educational reporting, city and district officials, the citizens of Aventura, and the professional staff to support quality education in the school 5. 7. Use assessment data to identify and track student achievement and learning goals 8. Develop school programs based on best practices to promote learning gains 9. Develop strong parent-teacher-student relationships 10. Provide a strong accountability system that will hold everyone at the schoolhouse responsible for maximizing learning opportunities 11. Provide a low student-teacher ratio in order to enhance the development of the individual strengths of each student 12. Provide additional staff members for enrichment and remediation services 13. Develop in each student the ability to think critically, make inferences, apply knowledge to new settings and use these skills to make wise choices MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.